Treatment for Ebola

There's currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although potential new vaccines and drug therapies are being developed and tested.

Any area affected by an outbreak should be immediately quarantined, and people confirmed to have the infection should be treated in isolation in intensive care.

Dehydration is common, so fluids may be given directly into a vein. Blood oxygen levels and blood pressure also need to be maintained at the right level, and body organs supported while the person's body fights the infection.

Healthcare workers need to avoid contact with the bodily fluids of their infected patients by taking strict precautions, such as wearing protective equipment.

Ebola virus disease is sometimes fatal. The sooner a person is given care, the better the chance they'll survive.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018